tv U.S. House of Representatives Condemning Govt Shutdowns CSPAN January 31, 2019 4:23am-5:20am EST
gentleman from north carolina. i know his heart is right. but right now i want to concentrate on those folks, the ones like the people that live in my block, get up at 5:00 in the morning, catch the early bus. to get to social security and places, trying to serve the public. talking about them. so with that, mr. speaker, i yield back and i pray and i ask members to vote in favor of this great legislation from mr. connolly, mr. hoyer, mr. wexler, and all of our >> the house later voted in favor of the 2.6% raise and the bill now moves on to the senate. the house also debated a measure condemning government shutdowns. majority and minority leader steny hoyer and kevin mccarthy took part in that debate every
it is just under an hour. madam speaker, i'm relieved and grateful that the longest government shutdown in our nation's history has ended. i'm sure that many people share these same feelings, including my colleagues. the american people and especially the 00,000 federal employees who were furloughed or forced to work without pay for 35 days have to be relieved. i hope that the one positive thing to come out of this experience is universal recognition that the government shutdowns are almost always pointless exercises that are harmful to our country and our constituents and the federal government should be open for
business. and not closed. that is why i strongly support house resolution 79, the measure before us today. even though the recent shutdown affected only part of the federal government, its impact was deeply felt throughout the country. the department of homeland security, state treasury, commerce, justice, agriculture and the e.p.a. and nasa were shuttered. operations at these agencies essentially came to a screeching halt. phone calls went unanswered as federal workers were furloughed. safety inspections of industrial sites, factories, and power plants were halted because e.p.a.'s inspectors were sent home. food inspection at the f.d.a.
ceased. scientists at the national oceanic and atmospheric administration and the fish and wildlife service were furloughed. law enforced officers at the f.b.i., d.e.: a., secret service, and customs and border protection were the lucky ones. they got to work without pay. these dedicated men and women, many of whom make only $60,000 a year, miss more than a month's pay. just like other middle class families, federal employees have bills to pay also. food, mortgages, rent, medical bills, student loans and car payments. and like so many other americans, many live paycheck-to-paycheck.
it is simply cruel to inflict such financial hardship and unnecessary stress on workers who just want to do their jobs serving the american people. last atest irony of the shutdown is that immigration enforcement and border protection suffered as a result, despite the president's fixation on the wall. a brilliant 14th century solution to a 21st century problem. the shutdown closed the immigration courts, contributing to an already significant backlog of cases and delays and deportations. the harm ripples through our economy touching everyone. from federal employees to federal contractors and private sector businesses.
an most importantly, to every american who relies upon the vital services federal workers provide. the c.b.o. estimated that the economic cost of the shutdown is $11 billion. that's $11 billion. almost twice the cost of the funding the president seeks for his wall. we must learn from this recent shutdown. we must not let it happen again in a few short weeks. we can and must do better and work together to prevent any future shutdowns, which i'm certain my friends and colleagues from north carolina and ohio want to do, so i'm sure they'll have a short response to opening statements and probably join in with us. and with that, mr. speaker, i thank you and i reserve the
balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. i notice the smirk on your face. we find it laughable as well. but i enjoy the gentleman from missouri, is that the way you say it, the gentleman from missouri -- excuse me. i enjoy the humor. but unfortunately there's nothing funny about this. you know, i find it just unbelievable that the gentleman opposite would be talking about how important this resolution is . they just dropped it on monday night. i mean, it hasn't been out there for any length of time. in fact, it violated the very rule that this chamber passed in the beginning of this congress. and yet somehow this resolution
is so unbelievably important, it's nothing more than a message meant to go after the president of the united states and, quite frankly, i find this resolution nothing more than a political stunt. and i'm troubled by it, mr. speaker. because here we are today arguing over this resolution that could have been dropped. we were here working. it could have been dropped long ago. but the gentlewoman from virginia just drops it on monday night of this week. maybe they were working on the wording in puerto rico when they were down there caravanning with lobbyists. mr. speaker, that you know very well. maybe, maybe when christmas was here, when the president was in the white house willing to negotiate, they were working and fine-tuning this message to make sure that it is here. but no. that's not what this is about.
this is about a political stunt. this is literally a political messaging point meant to hopefully garner the support for some member of congress that has a swing district so that they can send a message and take it. his, mr. speaker, mr. speaker, i am here today to let you know that we don't need words, we need compromise. and i take the gentleman from missouri's word. if we're willing to work together and find a compromise, i think we all would prefer that there's never another shutdown. in fact, i think we ought to propose legislation that would suspend congressional pay for every member of congress if there's ever another shutdown. and so hopefully my members opposite would join me in that. where we can put some kind of pain to make sure that we're there.
with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm sure my friends on the other side will agree, it does no one, it does this country no good when we shut down government. and i don't know about you, but my friend from north carolina, i believe he goes through airports sometimes. and i'll say this. over the last five weeks it was quite difficult for me to look my constituents in the eye who happen to be t.s.a. agents, and tell them, i'm sorry, but you're going to miss a payday, or you're going to miss another payday. we're better than that. we're better than that as a congress, as an institution, and as a government. so on that note, let me yield to
the sponsor of this legislation and my friend, ms. wexton from virginia. five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from virginia is recognized. ms. wexton: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you to the gentleman from missouri for yielding me your time. i rise in support of house resolution 79, which is my resolution, expressing the sense of the house of representatives that government shutdowns are detrimental to the nation and should not occur. mr. speaker, between december 22 and january 25, over 800,000 federal workers went without pay because of the trump shutdown. saying that shutdowns harm the american people and the economy should not be controversial. these facts are not up for debate. or at least they shouldn't be. but yesterday members of the freedom caucus basically tried to shut down the house of representatives because they
obbletted to a sentence in the resolution that -- objected to a sentence in the resolution that said the president shut down the government to achieve a legislative end. now, he did. we all saw him say it on television and we've seen it many, many times since then. but i'm a brand new legislator, and i am all about getting the yes and finding consensus. so the offending clause has been removed from this resolution and should not be a problem anymore. now, for 35 days, our workers were forced to go without a paycheck. that's two pay periods that workers had to make difficult financial decisions for themselves and for their families. essential services were halted. national parks were shuttered. and our national security was compromised during this time. t.s.a. screeners and air traffic controllers were forced to work without pay. f.b.i. offices had to delay entitlements against violent criminals. the c.b.o. estimated that the effect of the trump shutdown was $11 billion with over a quarter
of that amount permanently lost. the shutdown also impacted our federal government's ability to recruit and retain career public servants, with many federal workers reconsidering their career choices after this shutdown irreparably harmed them. on december 20, the president announced that he would refuse to sign legislation that had been unanimously passed by the senate just the day before. due to his insistence that congress provide funding to build a wall along the southern border. now, this was not a priority before democrats took over the house of representatives, but all of a sudden it was a crisis. and this resulted in the longest government shutdown in american history. mr. speaker, my resolution highlights the substantial burdens that were placed on the american people from the time -- from the president of the united states attempting to use the government shutdown to get a policy win. but nobody wins when the government shuts down.
my district is home to tens of thousands of federal workers and government contractors, and the impact of the shutdown was felt in my district almost immediately. but i've also heard from people all over the country who were impacted by this shutdown. including an air traffic controller who told me about the stress that going two pay periods without pay added to what is already one of the most stressful jobs in the nation. i heard from a family who had to give up their christmas entirely and who asked their children to hold their money because they had to make sure they had the funds to buy food during the prolonged shutdown. and heard from the c.e.o. of a small business in my district that relies on federal contracts with the federal government, who was worried about how he was going to continue to pay his workers when his workers -- when his invoices from the federal government were not being paid. meanwhile, the guidance from the administration to workers without paychecks was to suggest they take out loans, have a
garage sale, baby-sit. drive for uber. become a mystery shopper. or ask their landlords for an extension on their rent. and on january 24, the secretary of commerce made comments on live news expressing confusion of why federal employees who have been furloughed or working without pay had to receive assistance at food banks. these unreasonable suggestions from the administration and the comments from secretary ross show just how out of touch the administration is when it comes to our federal workers. many of whom do live paycheck to paycheck. we have an opportunity to make it clear that shutting down the government of the united states is not an acceptable strategy to resolve policy differences. madam speaker, mr. speaker, sorry, after all they've been through, we owe assurances to the millions of federal civilian workers, including the hundreds of thousands who were furloughed earlier this month, that congress will ensure continued, uninterrupted operations of
federal government. i ask my colleagues to support this resolution. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for two minutes. mr. perriello: thank you. mr. speaker, people -- mr. perry: thank you. mr. speaker, people at home think they're watching c-span but this is more like masterpiece theater. this is like a documentary where we record what happened in history but here we see we're going to change, we're going to revise history and remind everybody who is watching and everybody in this house that under this minority leader, who is the majority lead -- who was the majority leader at the time, we passed the bill in this house to keep the government open. we didn't want to shut the government down. we wanted to keep the government open and fund voter security. we passed this in the house. we bassed it in this house and -- passed it in this house and we sent it to the senate. and it was the senate democrats who said, oh, no, we're not going to do any of that border security stuff.
we want you to have a shutdown and then we'll blame it all on you. mr. speaker, we're not here to revise history. we would like to get to the task at hand, which is solving this issue of border security. and we ask the other side, instead of engaging in this blame game, of which they're wholly a part of, obviously, they don't want to keep the government open, those senate democrats didn't want to do anything to keep the government open, forget this charade, this theater, and let's get to negotiating on border security and making sure that the american people are safe. with that, i yield back. mr. meadows: i thank the gentleman. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield one minute to the distinguished majority leader, the gentleman from maryland. mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. it's hard to respond to that last speech.
a bill came from the senate unanimously. .epublicans and democrats which would have opened the government. we would have voted for that , but after not moving on department of homeland 11 2/3 of a year, the then-majority party added into that bill a piece of legislation they knew would not pass the united states senate. democrats would not be for it. the gentleman is correct. and you knew they wouldn't be for it. and you knew you couldn't get 60 votes. and notwithstanding that, you passed a piece of legislation that directly resulted in the shutdown of government.
i say that, those are the facts. as a matter of fact, we thought the president of the united states agreed with that bill, 900 feetow in the some from there to here, he changed his mind. maybe he talked to ann coulter or sean handity. i don't know who the operative advisor was, but he changed his mind. as a result, we had the longest shutdown in history. c.b.o. says it cost at least $11 billion. the economic advisor at the white house said it was costing .1 of a point a week. this resolution says, shutdown
is stupid. if you don't agree with that, and i'm sure some of you don't agree with it, because i've been in this chamber when you have voted to keep the government shut down, and you don't like me saying that. your speaker asked you to open up the government and 144 of you , your speaker, mr. boehner, not a democrat, said, look, this is stupid, we need to open up the government. and 144 of you voted no. now, it passed because all of us voted with 87 republicans, including your present leader, who voted yes to open up the government. this resolution is so simple. shutdown is stupid. that's all it says.
we'll see how you vote. i'm going to say something about some people who think it's stupid. i want to thank my friend from -- ms. , ms. wecksman wexton, who saw many hardworking employees who were negatively affected. about whetherment to give them 2.6% pay increase. we voted to give them nada, zero, zim no pay at all i see my friend the minority leader on the floor, he said not paying 800,000 people was unacceptable. i agree with him. i think that's unacceptable. i think asking people to work and not pay them is not a moral thing to do.
this resolution as i said is simple. it's one i believe nearly every member of this house ought to support unless you support shutting down the government of the united states of america. it says shutdown should never be a strategy in negotiations over funding. period. full stop. we just endured 35 days of a dangerous and unnecessary partial government shut dunn that caused 800,000 american workers to be denied their paychecks and that the c.b.o. says as i said $11 billion was the cost. those are the direct costs. our resolution makes it clear that such a use of shutdowns or the threat of shutdowns ought not to be tolerated in our political system. this resolution says that. but i'm going to have some other people who are going to say that as well. no other country has this phenomena. i can't find another country that shuts its government down.
in australia, if you shut the government down, the government falls. you have to form a new government. there's no reason why americans should have to live under the threat of being taken hostage yet again by the next time there's an unresolved debate over an issue. whatever the issue might be. even many republican leaders agree that using shutdown is wrong. i think most leaders, as a matter of fact. not everyone. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell, very definitively called shutdowns, quote, a failed policy, close quote. and senator susan collins, rightfully said just a few days ago that, quote, shutdowns represent the ultimate failure to govern and should never be used as a weapon. let me repeat that. and never should be used as a weapon to achieve an outcome. sure allolleagues, i'm
of you nola mar alexander. former governor of tennessee, former secretary of education, a member of the united states someone who was prominently mentioned, regular he mentioned as a candidate for president of the united states on the republican ticket. here's what he said. it is always wrong, always wrong , for either side to use shutting down the government as a bargaining chip in budget negotiations. now, hear this, my colleagues. senator alexander, it should be as off limits as chemical eapons are in warfare.
could senator alexander have said it any more powerfully that shut dunns -- shutdowns are not an option? that's all this resolution says. sadly, i think a lot of you are going to vote no. i suppose on the theory that you think no, if we don't get our way, shutting down the government sour optionful that's certainly what you told mr. boehner. and then later mccarthy. this resolution says let's not allow that to happen again. we now have three weeks to avert the next shutdown. i'm hopeful the appropriations committee will present us with a bipartisan agreement on how best to invest in border security. we all need to do our job. i call on my colleagues to join us on this resolution to make it clear to our federal employees,
to our contractors, the american people, and yes, to the rest of the world that we don't believe shutting down the government of the united states of america is an option in negotiations. ote for this resolution. you know that shutting down government is not a positive result of our failures. i yield back the balance of my ime. mr. clay: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves, the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: may i inquire how much time we have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina has 15 1/2 minutes, the gentleman from missouri has eight minutes. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, the
comments that we just heard from the well from the majority leader fail to mention one critical point about this resolution. this resolution doesn't do anything to stop a future shutdown. it's designed in its purpose to give cover to a number on the other side of the aisle who voted in this very chamber to not fund those who were deemed essential pay at a critical sometime. in fact, indeed, the very sponsor of this resolution voted against giving pay to those men and women who continue to show up to vote and now somehow we're going to vote on a resolution and make it all ok? let's -- if we're going to have history, let's make sure it's accurate. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from ohio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. >> what's stupid is not securing the border.
if democrats support now what they supported then there never would have been a shutdown. 10 years ago, all kinds of senators supported money for a barrier on the border. senator obama said this we cannot allow people to pour into the united states undetected, undocumented, unchecked, americans are right to demand better border security, better enforcement of our laws. mr. jordan: secretary clinton said this i voted numerous times as a senator to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. oh how times have changed. where's the democrats today? what's the position they have left today? congressman blumenauer, abolish i.c.e. candidate clinton, we need a border -- borderless hemisphere. the speaker of the united states house of representatives said walls are immoral. and the person they selected to give the state of the union response, gubernatorial candidate in georgia, said she's ok with noncitizens voting.
oh, how times have changed. all we're asking for is, do what you said before. be for what you were for before, let's build the border security wall. let's focus on one simple thing here. one simple thing. let's do what's best for the country. everyone knows a sovereign nation should control its borders. everyone knows a border security wall will help with this caravan phenomena we've watched over the last several months. let's build the border security wall. if we can agree on that democrats were all for it a couple of years ago, there never would have been a shutdown and we'd be serving the american people. with that, i yield back. >> i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserve the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: at this time i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for two minutes. mr. connolly: thank you, mr. speaker.
i thank my good friend, mr. clay, of missouri, and the -- and a distinguished member of our committee. i hope the american people are listening to what is being said here on the floor. because they're actually getting an honest flavor of where my friends, some of my -- some of my friends on the other side of the aisle actually are. everybody, mr. jordan says, agrees we need a wall a barrier on the border. actually not everybody does. actually most polls show most americans don't support that. and that number is increasing. the opposition. federal workers make more than their private sector counterpart despite the fact that the official study shows that 31% behind the private sector counterparts and there are differences because of the differences in the nature of the work. what you're also hearing besides darwinian survival of the fittest rhetoric, marie
antoinette "let them eat cake" kind of rhetoric out of this administration and some members of this body, which i think reflects poorly on an understanding about where the average american, including the average federal employee, actually is and what their needs really are and they don't demand much but respect is something they do demand. and it is something we offer them. and that's why this resolution in front of us is so important. sit that hard to come together? yeah, it's nonbinding but it's aspirational. and even that apparently some of my friends from the other side of the aisle find difficult to swallow. a commitment not to shut down government for any reason. let's not hold federal employees and the american public they serve hostage ever again. we'll keel with our policy disputes separately but we won't, we won't engage in
shutting down the federal government. because it's disastrous, it's reckless, it's dysfunctional and it's a disservice to the people who sent us here. and it's that simple. never again shut down government. yield back. mr. clay: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves, the gentleman from north carolina. mr. meadows: i recognize the gentleman from texas, mr. roy, for two minutes. mr. roy: thank you, my friend from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roy: mr. speaker, you know what's hard to respond to? it's hard to respond to my constituents at home who are witnessing the theater of the absurd. it's hard to respond to lori vargas, a mother in san antonio who lost her son jared last summer to somebody who was here illegally, who was captured, released, captured, released, stopped by law enforcement and then murdered her son.
it is extremely hard to respond to our members of the border patrol who go down to the river, the rio grande and laredo, down there with no cell signal no radio, can't see the river through the cane, they're down there by themselves, they know the cartels have operational control of the border, they know their lives are threatened if they speak out about the cartels, they know there are terrorists who are leading cartel organizations across the board in nuevo laredo, and we're doing nothing to give them what they need to defend the united states of america. i can't go home to the people in texas 21 and explain to them why we're here for two days having show votes and then leave on a wednesday. explain that. explain to the people why we're going to leave this afternoon at 1:00, not securing the border. it makes absolutely no sense to
the american people when they watched what happens in this body and they wonder how this people's house leaves them with an unsecure border and nothing more than show votes like we're going to have today for political theater. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: is the gentleman prepared to close? i've got two more speakers. mr. clay: i've got one more. mr. meadows: i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is ecognized for three minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker. i thank the managers of the bill, both of them, the gentleman from missouri and the gentleman from north carolina. i thank ms. wexton and mr. connolly for capturing the
essence of what this legislation is all about. it is not contentious. we don't intend to divide this house, we intend to unify this house. but i think as we speak to our colleagues and the american people it is clear that the opening sentence says that this body believes that shutdowns are detrimental to the nation. that is a word that i think all of us can join on. if we look at the desperation of r federal workers, 00,000, 270,000 in texas, 4,000 in my district, you see the opening line, my landlord is calling and i must pay and the followup is, i have no money. so all that we are saying today is to affirm our constituents of their value from coast guards to f.b.i. to customs and border protections, transportation security, forest service
fighters an coast guard are on the front lines. to my good friend from texas, i can't count ethe times i have been to the border and seen barriers and fencing but what i do know is yes, sheila jackson lee has voted over and other for border security, here years ago, and made the first crunch of dollars. that dealt with increasing border patrol when they were barely in existence, providing laptops and providing the kind of vehicles that they needed and work with land owners who didn't want any kind of fence, stone or otherwise. but to be able but to be able to give them the support. now we need smart border security, technology with drones, better infrastructure, more ports of entry. but today we hope that will happen. because it will happen because appropriators are sitting down. but can we reflect?
this shutdown was in the midst of christmas, when we had bills that republicans and democrats had signed on to, came from the senate, we could vote. this is saying that whatever our policy differences are, you never hold a federal worker, a person who is serving his or her nation hostage. you never make them desperate. you never make them have to call a congressional office, i'm about to be evicted, as my constituent did, and you have to save them. we never let them lose their house or bring their children out of school, as some had to do. you never let them do as they're doing in my district right now, going to get groceries, and you never let them hear the words, go to a bank, i don't you know why they just can't walk into a bank, or someone else say, it's ok, they're doing it for their nation. that's what this is about. it is simply allowing us to tell a reservist from the middle east
that she doesn't have to sell her belongings because she doesn't have a job, because she is a federal worker, and she's been furloughed. i ask my colleagues to support this resolution and i ask them to stand for the american people. i yield back. mr. clay: mr. speaker, i thank the gentlewoman from texas and i continue to reserve the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. in consultation thank you mr. speaker. consultation with my friend opposite, we will recognize the andleman from west virginia recognize the republican leader and being prepared to close so i recognize the gentleman from west virginia for two minutes. >> thank you mr. speaker. this resolution talks about not having more government shutdowns. of course there should not be government shutdowns. that's why last year this body passed a resolution to fund government including trump's border wall that he asked for. it went to the senate and the
senate did nothing for over 30 days. it just sat while the government shutdown because the minority party in u.s. senate chooses to threatened to filibuster and if they don't get everything they want based on this threat to filibuster they shut down government until such time as this chamber or the president or whoever they want to bully around give them everything. that is not the way government is supposed to work. i had a conversation with young man here in d.c. what's going to happen now? we've appointed a committee. the homeland security conference committee meets today. there are 10 from this chamber, six democrats, for republicans which reflect the makeup of this chamber. the committee where you meet and work bee stings out. at that is the system the founders of our country set up. the problem is we gotten away from that. we do continued resolutions and
sit here and one side has to get everything they want. to getocrat side wants everything they want and if they don't they want to shut down government and falsely blame everyone else. i'm glad we have a conference committee. my senator from west virginia is actually on that committee that's supposed to me today to work out what we're going to do with the border wall and fund homeland security. that is what we should do with every bill. last year we actually passed of appropriations bills over to the u.s. senate. you know what they did? nothing. it does not take 60 votes to pass a bill. it takes 60 to invoke cloture. the dysfunction cannot continue to cause government shutdowns. i yield back the balance of my time. >> i thank the gentleman for his remarks. we have dozens of people that
are willing to speak but in the interest of time, none more important than the republican leader that
i yield one minute to. >> the republican leader is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise in opposition of house res 79. a glorified press release and another yet underwhelming legislative week. at a time when the country expects its leaders in washington to look forward, this house majority is looking backwards. when our country expects solutions, they are using this chamber to settle political scores. as hundreds of thousands of americans painfully experienced portions of our federal daysnment shut down for 35 , the shameful record under this majority's watch. it was a shutdown that never had
to happen. when recall last december the house passed an appropriation bill that would have funded the government, secured the border, and provided disaster assistance for the millions affected by hurricanes and fires. most importantly, it was a bill that would have been signed into law. this occurred under then leader pelosi declared in the oval office earlier that month that our house majority could not pass such a bill. that legislation went to the senate and senator schumer stopped it. in doing so, once again come a senator schumer shut this again,ent down -- once senator schumer shut this government down. from the moment senator schumer block consideration, president trump and congressional republicans author offered solu, after solution to solve the
challenge. all the president offered four reasonable solutions to secure the border the democrats never offered one. in fact, they went on vacation and political fundraisers to puerto rico. they litter this chamber with messaging bills that did not come close to solving the problem and would never be signed into law. mr. speaker, i want to focus on the very last solution the president offered. i want to focus on it because it meant democrats halfway. it was the truest form of compromise this town has seen in some time. it would have secured portions of the border with barriers and it would have provided certainty to the very communities that my friends on the other side of the aisle have stood on this floor for countless hours to claim they want to help.
instead, mr. speaker, the actions of this majority when presented that opportunity and following the shutdown it tells you all you need to know about who they truly want to help. you know who they want to help? themselves. after the president signed a three-week continuing resolution the speaker gloated. with a presidential style enrollment ceremony. democrats marveled at her exercise of raw political motivation and many in the media responded like they were beat reporters from their hometown team. this sounds like a historic event. what exactly what everyone celebrating? they were celebrating nothing. nothinging achieving they were celebrating the status quo. it suits their political interests of self-righteousness. a status quo that causes pain
and suffering for americans across this country. here are just a few examples. 266,000 criminal aliens arrested in the last two years. this includes charges of convictions of 100,000 assaults. nearly 30,000 sex crimes and 4000 violent killings. 300 americans die every week from heroin and more than 90% of heroine comes from across the southern border. comes from across the southern border. there -- they are celebrating a status quo that leaves 700,000 daca designated individuals unsure about their future. it was the best display of politics this country is sick and tired of seeing.
zero-sum politics and nothing ever changes. i would like to spend some time and reflect on americans and their families who may not have been celebrating the status quo preserved by this majority. .erry david sherry david. deputy josie greenhouse fox. pierce cochran. officer singh. robert page. justin lee. ellie bryant. grayson hacking. dominic durden. edwin jackson. grant run a -- kenneth scott moll. sergeant brandon mendoza.
amanda thomas. jennifer lee hampton. officer andrew wideman. officer rodney johnson. buddy mason. adrienne shelly. mollie tibbetts. ronald da silva. sarah root. .rew rosenberg carol willingham. oscar navarro. brock jones. michael grubbs. these are just names of americans whose lives have the loss to illegal immigration. they no longer have their voice but we can and must be the voice
today. and if these names sound familiar as because we've heard them on the news. i would like to reflect on others who certainly weren't celebrating the status quo. the names may sound familiar because these are the same individuals that then leader pelosi said record on this floor oh year ago in february more the eight hours defending passion of daca and shutting the government down. vanessa rodriguez. vargas. jaclyn romo. rojas. ray panetta. kelly, crystal, carlos, --ianne, hugo, fernando
adjourns for the week today, after just one rule bill, i implore my colleagues to take some time and think deeply about these individuals. their families and what our country stands for. it certainly isn't this political stunt by the majority and it certainly isn't the status quo they are so proud to protect. as members of the u.s. house of representatives, we are a very small group with a large responsibility. americans on us 435 is to represent 325 americans faithfully. to work together so tomorrow is .etter than today let us not let these political distractions get in the way of our duty. instead, let's actually work together to give the voice to the voiceless. i yield back.
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north carolina. >> mr. speaker. >> german from missouri is recognized. i'm right -- gentleman from missouri is recognized. -- gentleman from missouri reserves and the german from north carolina is recognized. >> words by our republican. there's been a lot of debate. i don't think more somber moment in my experience as we on house floor that when the 50 names where their loved ones will never be able to welcome them home. there will be ballgames that are missed. calls that are no longer made welcome home daddy or welcome home son or daughter.
talked aer, we have lot about the pain and anguish of federal employees. there are real hardships that are undeniable. .hey are getting their payback the lives of the 50 people just names on this house or, there is no returning. extinguishedere and we must do something about that as well. i'm committed to my colleagues work with them to protect federal workers as long as they are willing to work with us to protect the communities and the safety of moms and dads from coast-to-coast and on that it is important that we have no more show votes. at this resolution that is meaningless other than to provide cover for some on the other side of the aisle that voted against giving paid to
those that were essential employees. i urge a no vote and yield back the balance of my time. >> the german from north carolina yield back. -- the gentleman from north carolina yields back. >> thank you, mr. speaker. let me thank all of the bodies for engaging in this debate. the minority leader bringing forth those names. 79 me say house resolution is not about the undocumented, nor is it a political stunt. it is not messaging for some political purpose. this resolution is about compassion and respect for fellow americans, who happened to be federal workers, that deserve to stay on the job and deserve to get a paycheck.
for the work and the service that they give to the rest of the country. my friends on the other side know better. they know better, that shutdowns economy as to our well as our national security. you know that. and the federal government should always be open for business and federal employees should not be held as hostages. with that, mr. speaker. favorable vote and yield back the balance of my time. >> c-span's washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up this morning
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